Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto PastaOnce again, I bring to you busy bees an easy pasta recipe you can whip up every time you feel too lazy to cook.

Chicken Pesto Pasta

You will need the following ingredients:
1 box whole wheat pasta
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, sliced
Sprinkle of salt and pepper
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
3 chopped garlic cloves
2 cups milk (any type, low-fat would be great!)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 small jar of pesto
2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to directions. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and pepper. Place chicken on grill rack coated with olive oil. Grill until done. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut chicken breasts into pieces. To make the sauce, heat butter in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic to pan and cook, stirring occasionally. Combine 1 cup milk and flour in a small bowl the add to the butter, making sure that you stir constantly with a whisk. After, add in the pesto. Gradually add remaining 1 cup milk again stir constantly. Cook until sauce slightly thickens. Season and then add the Parmesan cheese. Add chicken and sauce to pasta, tossing well to coat.

Disclaimer: All measurements for ingredients are just estimated. Always taste your food while cooking and add more of something if it lacks a certain flavor. Every palette is different.

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4 Herb Tuna Pasta

My friend, Tanya, would always cook “Spicy Tuna Pasta” after every night out. That recipe has cream and uses spicy tuna which I am not a huge fan of so here’s my take on her recipe. Once again, this dish is pretty easy to cook and would not take more than half an hour.

4 Herb Tuna Pasta

You will need the following ingredients:
1/2 pack (box) whole wheat pasta
2 cans of tuna chunks in water
1/2 chopped onion
3 chopped garlic cloves
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup herb mixture (Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme)
1 bouillon cube
About 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

Cook the pasta according to the instructions. Do not forget to add salt to the water. You can also add olive oil so the pasta does not stick together when cooking. While your pasta is cooking, start sauteing your garlic and onions in a saucepan with the olive oil about 2 minutes. Then add the tuna and the bouillon cube. Saute for a few more minutes. Add the herbs last. Sprinkle with salt and pepper then set aside. Meanwhile, your pasta is probably already done. Strain it and mix it with the tuna sauce. Add some Parmesan cheese and you’re done!

Because we did not use cream and used olive oil, we have reduced calories from the old recipe. Also, do not be afraid to use whole wheat pasta! It is definitely healthier and it tastes good too! This dish is perfect for a light lunch or dinner. You can pair it with a good glass of white wine and you’re all set!

Disclaimer: All measurements for ingredients are just estimated. Always taste your food while cooking and add more of something if it lacks a certain flavor. Every palette is different.